After a heated election season between a trio of candidates who couldn’t have had more different philosophies, Sawyer Paddles and Oars owner Peter Newport unseated Gold Hill incumbent mayor Christina Stanley with twice as many votes in his favor.
According to early results, Newport commanded 63 percent, or 243 votes, of 384 total ballots cast.
A former candidate deemed ineligible in 2016 due to residency requirements, Newport attended the past year’s worth of council meetings and promised to improve tourism and listen to citizens’ concerns if elected.
Incumbent mayor Christina Stanley received most of the remainder with 117 votes — 30 percent — compared with council member Zachariah Dell’s 20 votes, or 5 percent.
An elated Newport was excited to see himself and two other newcomers, council candidates Brad Studebaker and Danielle Hinkley, take the lead over incumbents Ronald Palmer, Thom Canon and a third newcomer, Janet Wilson.
“The goal was 90 percent (of the vote), so I’ve still got a lot of work to do, I guess, but we’ll take it. I think it’s a win for everybody in Gold Hill,” Newport said.
“I was resigned to do work to help the city regardless of whether I won or not. Just like Studebaker and Hinkley, we decided we were going to help the city whether we won or not and it looks like all three of us are ahead.”
According to 8 p.m. results, Studebaker netted 265 votes, 25 percent of ballots cast, followed by 223 votes, or 21 percent, for Hinkley. Canon, Wilson and Palmer hovered between 14 and 17 percent of votes.